In my opinion, anything released by Josh Garrels is necessary listening. His album Love and War and the Sea in Between is a masterpiece, one that it would be hard for the best of artists to follow. But Garrels is up to the task with his latest release, Home. More of a step to the side than an attempt to take a step up from Love and War, Garrels has crafted an album that once again showcases his musical depth and his lyrical mastery.
As a music pastor, this is probably the busiest week of my year and one of the weeks I look forward to the most throughout the year. Passion Week is a glorious time to tangibly look at the last week of Christ's life on earth and glory in the atoning sacrifice of Christ on behalf of His children. It's a week filled with more work for me, preparing for more services and choosing music that works cohesively for those services, but this is the kind of work that gets me excited, makes me want to do even more. In light of all this, I'm eagerly preparing for Beacon of Hope's Good Friday service. One of the songs we'll be singing specially for this service is called "It Is Finished" by Jimmy Needham. The song centers around that saying of Christ just before He died, both in the English "It is finished" and int the Greek Tetelestai. This is one of those words that I have always found beautiful and marvelous, and I want to take some time to unpack it a little as we move closer to Good Friday.
A simple servant of the Master.